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Your Child's Oral Health

Toothpaste, what works?

Aug 18, 2011 / 5:00 am

In several recent articles we have discussed both toothbrushes and toothbrushing, but haven’t said much about the stuff you put on the brush! Our previous articles on the topic can be found on our website. While shopping around in the pharmacy, grocery store, or...

What's the Best Brush?

Aug 4, 2011 / 5:00 am

Often parents will ask about toothbrushes and whether the brush they are using for their child’s teeth is appropriate. The answer to that question is that “it depends”. According to the scientific literature and to a study published by one of the most definitive...

Important Considerations for Sedation

Jul 21, 2011 / 5:00 am

In our previous column we discussed the use of nitrous oxide and oxygen sedation to help children receiving dental treatment have a more pleasant experience. In today’s column we will discuss other forms of sedation which can be extremely beneficial to anxious or uncooperative children in...

Laughing gas in the dental office

Jul 7, 2011 / 5:00 am

The second article in our sedation series will focus on the use of nitrous oxide and oxygen (N20/02), or “laughing gas”, as a sedation agent. Many children, when faced with dental treatment, will cope well and be successful. Other children may experience anxiety to varying...

Sedation in Dentistry: a Series

Jun 23, 2011 / 5:00 am

Not many people enjoy receiving dental treatment. Children who have experienced a difficult or painful dental appointment will be anxious or even uncooperative when they next visit the dental office. As pediatric dentists, we see many children who have had unpleasant dental experiences yet...

Parents & children in the dental office

Jun 9, 2011 / 5:00 am

Parents are important partners in working with health care providers to maintain their child's health. As with all other relationships, communication is the most important part of any interaction, including health care relationships. This is certainly true during a dental appointment. What role...

Dentistry and autism

May 26, 2011 / 5:00 am

Autism spectrum is a relatively common disorder of neurological development that is characterized by several criteria: impaired communication, impaired social interaction, and restrictive, repetitive behaviour. The manifestations of autism spectrum range from severe impairment to high...
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Injuries to your child's teeth

May 12, 2011 / 5:00 am

So often while children are running around just being kids, they will fall and inevitably bump their mouth. The injuries that they sustain can vary from mild to severe and involve either the soft tissues of their lips and gums and/or their teeth. Most often, if an injury occurs to a...

Teething: the sequel

Apr 28, 2011 / 5:00 am

In keeping with our last dental article, this is a question related to teething that arises often in the dental office and causes many parents a great deal of concern. What happens when there are permanent teeth coming in while the baby teeth are still present? The switch...

Common teething questions: Part 1

Apr 14, 2011 / 5:00 am

Most of us don’t recall from childhood the events surrounding teething. There are a great many questions generated by parents regarding this topic, which happens in several stages, and so, here we will provide some insights as to when, how and why teething occurs. ...

What are baby teeth for?

Mar 31, 2011 / 5:00 am

Very often throughout the day, parents will ask “why do baby teeth need to be fixed if they are just going to fall out anyway?” Great question, and one that a great many readers out there are nodding about, right now. Primary teeth, baby teeth, milk teeth, practice...

Are my child's teeth soft?

Mar 17, 2011 / 5:00 am

This a very common question. Many parents of children with cavities are concerned that their child’s teeth are soft, thus increasing their cavity risk. Many parents falsely blame their children’s poor dental health on “soft” teeth. Before we can answer this question we need to discuss the...

The first dental visit: when?

Mar 3, 2011 / 5:00 am

A visit to the dentist: no one we know relishes that experience. But, what about a child’s first dental visit? Is that any different? You bet! And if your child has a good experience, a happy visit, you can expect your child will look forward to return visits to the dental office. Sounds...

There's something in the water...

Feb 10, 2011 / 5:00 am

One of the words synonymous with dental offices is fluoride. Most people know that fluoride is considered by dentists to be helpful for teeth, but may not know why. What is it about fluoride that helps teeth? It’s all in the chemistry. Fluoride works in three ways: 1) it helps to make...

Food & tooth decay: bosom buddies

Dec 16, 2010 / 5:00 am

Why do children suffer tooth decay?  In a word - FOOD! When parents are asked what they think is the reason their children have decay, most respond "poor brushing" or "not flossing". While everyone knows these are important in maintaining good oral health, few know that it is the child’s diet...

Tooth Brushing for Children 101

Nov 25, 2010 / 5:00 am

Tooth brushing is such a simple act. It’s so simple that many parents are unaware how much "good" can be accomplished in two minutes with a toothbrush. Many parents who visit our office describe how difficult it is to brush their children’s teeth.  The goal of this article is to help parents...
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About the Author

Dr. Alan Milnes is a pediatric dentist with 35 years of practice experience and 20 years of experience as a full time University Professor at the Universities of Manitoba and Toronto. He has operated a full time pediatric dental practice in Kelowna since 1997, the only pediatric dental office in either the Interior or Northern Health Authorities.

Dr. Terry Farquhar  completed his pediatric dental residency training in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Rochester, New York. Prior to entering Dentistry, Dr. Farquhar  worked as a pediatric nurse at Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary.

Their pediatric dental specialty practice provides a complete range of dental services for ALL children and teens including treatment in-office using various forms of behaviour guidance, oral, inhalational and intravenous sedation and treatment in hospital under general anesthesia.

"We are dealing with an epidemic of tooth decay in children, a condition called early childhood tooth decay. Many children with dental disease have a poor quality of life because of chronic pain and infection which makes sleeping and eating difficult. Providing information through our column to parents of children in the Interior of BC will be helpful in giving them important tools to prevent dental disease in their children."

Please visit our website for a look at what we do each and every day and our qualifications - www.okanagandentalcareforkids.com; email: [email protected]




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